‘Heroes with their Hands in the Air’ to be staged in Derry and Belfast

Mickey McKinney, salutes the crowd in Guildhall square, as the Bloody Sunday families gather for the Saville Report. (1506SL62) Photo: Stephen Latimer

Mickey McKinney, salutes the crowd in Guildhall square, as the Bloody Sunday families gather for the Saville Report. (1506SL62) Photo: Stephen Latimer

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A play focusing on the Bloody Sunday families’ quest for justice is to be staged in Derry and Belfast later this month.

“Heroes with their Hands in the Air”, by Fintan Brady and directed by JP Conaghan, will be staged in The Playhouse Theatre, Derry and An Chulturlann, Belfast, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

The production was originally staged in 2007 before the publication of the Saville Report.

However, the script has now been re-worked following recent interviews with some of the family members.

It is, in effect, the first ‘Post-Saville’ theatre piece to be performed publicly.

Adapted from the book, “The Bloody Sunday Inquiry: The Families Speak Out”, by Eamonn McCann, the play is said to give a “powerful interpretation of loss alongside the pursuit of justice.”

Directed by JP Conaghan, “Heroes With Their Hands In The Air” portrays the families and victims’ own accounts of their relentless battle to vindicate their loved ones and themselves during the longest legal proceedings in this country’s history.

Starring in this new production are Belfast’s Liam Green alongside London-trained Derry actor Amanda Doherty.

Also in the cast are Omagh-based actor Pat McGaughey, who hails from Donegal, actress Louise Conaghan and Derry actor Micky Kelly.

The play includes a range of individual responses to what happened from 1972 until now and how their exposure in the media spotlight threatened the families’ journey. It also portrays their achievements and resilience.

The play will be staged at The Playhouse, Derry, from January 30 to February 3 (matinee Tuesday; no show Wednesday and Thursday). It is also being presented at An Chultúrlann, Falls Road, Belfast from February 8 to February 11.